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Yoga has long been known and recognised for the benefits it provides for the mind and body.

People who practise yoga do so to improve their posture, concentration and all over awareness and confidence.

But these factors must also be considered for children, which is why there is a push for yoga to become part of the Australian curriculum.

You might wonder why yoga is important for kids and the answer is this – a recent survey conducted by Yoga Australia, proves that children who practise yoga and meditation on a regular basis benefit in their studies, social settings as well as improved over-all body awareness and confidence.

So, yoga can actually contribute to your child’s wellbeing in more ways than one.

Yoga is versatile in that it can be practised by anyone at any age. With kids specifically, it is important they enjoy the practise of yoga but also that they are practising in safe manner under the guidance of a qualified and registered teacher.

Some of the benefits for kids include:

  • Teaches children how to focus/concentrate
  • Settles a restless or distracted mind
  • Classes that are enjoyable for children
  • Enables children to relax and free the mind
  • Empowers children
  • Improves posture – important from a young age

Today, schools are increasingly being required to measure how they educate the whole child emotionally, socially and academically. Ultimately, the addition of yoga to the curriculum would significantly increase results in each area.

Have your children ever participated in yoga? Please share in the comments below.

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  • I would love to try this with my toddler. I think he would really enjoy it and benefit from a structured relaxed activity as he is quite energetic!

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  • Make it fun and they won’t even know its good for them.

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  • My younger children have done yoga and yes it is helps them in everyday life. My teen says it helps in her coping with life. In the twins have seen improvement in their movements and feel it helped in them walking earlier as they knew their bodies. My older children no it was not an option as boys it was looked down on, but they did gymnastics which helped with movement and knowing how they body can be stretched.

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  • I would love to do yoga and with my girls too. I think i will see if there is a place in our local area. what a good way to do some mummy/daughter time

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  • My son actually showed me some yoga moves that he knew of the other day, and we practiced them together. He showed me how to do the “warrior” pose, which got me focusing on my balance lol. I got given an iTunes card for a recent birthday, and although classes together aren’t really an option, the wealth of things available on the web is astounding.

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  • certainly something to consider, this yoga

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  • I have never tried yoga myself, maybe something me and my child can do together.

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  • This is very helpful, thanks for sharing.

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  • yoga long been known

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  • this isn’t something I though of doing with kids but after reading this it has changed my mind.

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  • yoga outside

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  • My toddler copies my yoga moves, it’s hard to keep a straight face (-:

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  • we love yoga in our house

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  • It’s not an activity I’d thought of for our kids. Thinking about it, when I was my daughters age, I went to aerobics every week and loved it (also being the fitness craze at that time). Thanks for the information.

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  • kids love it!! We do Yoga in our kindy room and it is adored!

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